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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Thrift Store Love!

I have to admit that I love to go to thrift stores. If you can get past the funky smell as soon as you walk in the door, it's all good.
I also believe that there are "levels" of thrift stores too. For instance I went into one the other day and I was looking for pants for my 4 year old boy. I came across 2 pairs of pants on hangers, with holes in them. And they wanted $3.00 for them. I'm like HELLO, I'm here because my boys pants ALREADY have holes in them. Needless to say I moved onto another thrift store. It's actually my favorite thrift store. It's the Salvation Army thrift store. (Let's see how many times I can say thrift store in this post! Oy!) The smell as you walk in the door would make a skunk feel all warm and cozy but after about 10 minutes you are either used to it or your nose hairs have all burned. Either way you learn to deal with it.
I hardly ever come out of "this" thrift store without a good deal and I just thought I would share it with you today.

My husband needed a couple of work shirts so I managed to find these two shirts. They were like brand new.
Then I found a gold nugget in the midst of all the "treasure". I got this shirt for $2.50. I think it's beautiful. It ties in the back. I came home and hand washed it and it's in perfect condition. Not a thing wrong with it. I'm now on the hunt for some brown capris!
These next "treasures" have a little story and you'll want to hear it. First off I just "had" to have 2 more Christmas mugs, because the 30 others I have just aren't enough. Seriously I have a problem. What do I think is going to happen? That all my blogging friends are going to show up at my door, at the exact same time, demanding coffee and hot cocoa? Geesh! In my own defense though, I do use them for my Christmas party because they are all different so all everyone has to do is just remember what picture is on their cup! See! I'm okay!
Now as for the uh, pitcher in the middle there well, I admit Kathy saw it first and picked it up. But as we were both looking at it, neither one of us could picture that on our table ready to serve egg nog or something of the like, because, well, it's not the prettiest thing in the world. So she put it back. But as I stood there for about 2 seconds I thought, "Huh, that would look pretty cool with poinsettia's coming out of it as a center piece." And as I grabbed for it she got this look like, "Oh no you don't," and grabbed for it too. See she thought that that was a good idea too. So in the thrift store we are, in completely fun and jest of course, yelling at each other and pretending to pull each others hair over this cute, yet ugly, little pitcher! Do you get the visual? Yeah, it got ugly! LOL! Do you want to see the pitcher in question? Well here it is!

Moral of this story? Don't knock the thrift stores and if you are afraid to go, take a friend, it makes it a whole lot more fun! And try to go at least twice a month so you get in on the new stuff!
Oh and you want my total for all this fun? 8 bucks! Yup! $8.00!!! Sweet huh?

Okay I'm done. Thanks for sticking it out with me.
Love you my friends!


  1. Tarah and I used to go there all the time. They have some great stuff. Our thrift stores sell coach purses and polo shirts. I get limited too jeans for my girls sometimes. Stride rite shoes for my boy. I don't get there but about every 3 months, but I wish I could go more. One time I got brand new in the box pair of dance shoes for Actress for theater for 2 dollars. They are almost 20 at payless. It was an awesome find.

  2. I love thrift store shopping! Why oh why am I missing out on all this fun stuff with Red Bird and Bluebird? I know it's because you guys won't give me a bird name! lol

    I love the shirt, my friend. It's beautiful and you will look gorgy gorgeous in it! woo hoo

    I like the pitcher! I don't think it's ugly. Not so much. lol

    Have a blessed Saturday...well, you know, we will probably see you later so that will help! I'm totally being humble and kidding! Not about seeing you though! The guys are pressure cleaning now!

  3. Our thrift stores charge too much here! Which is a shame because I would enjoy the hunts for treasures!

  4. Thrift stores are the best! My whole house is filled with thrift and garage sale finds! This summer I bought a $300.00 digital camera for $40 bucks! What a steal!

  5. Man, you lucked out girl! I wish I had that kind of luck. But then if I were to go more often, I probably would. ;) I actually like the pitcher. It has it's own uniqueness. But to fight over it...LOL

  6. Kim,

    What a great find you discovered at this thrift store. I too would have taken the vase just for all the details in it. I love your idea with the poinsettias and could just imagine all those vivid colors on a table.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  7. Very good treasure hunting story - I love my thrift stores, swap meets, and antique stores.. I am currently on a mission to find 7 china place settings in different patterns for my Alice In Wonderland Theme tea party table for our womens ministry...


  8. I just love thrift store shopping - oh the fun we would have! You got some great deals and I can totally picture you and Kathy "fighting"!

    Have a fabulous weekend! Big I-want-that-pitcher-no-I-want-it-no-I-saw-it-first-it's-MINE hugs to you! :)

  9. Oh I love thrift shops! I can also relate to the coffee cup thing!! Your buys were awesome! I don't get to shop much during summer, but when the kids go to school, I'll be a frequent visitor! Thanks for taking us along on a great trip!

  10. Those are some awesome finds:-)

  11. That's awesome! We don't have any good thrift store shopping around here. :(

  12. If I'd been with you, I'd have fought you for that beautiful shirt! 8-] Can you believe we had another whole day without phone service?! Sheesh! Yet another argument for undergrounding. >:\

    Love ya loads, sweet thang!
    Have a JESUS-filled day! ^i^

  13. You just missed the 1/2 off everything sale in our local Mennonite thrift/consignment stores which are very clean and decent smelling ( ; in my neck of the woods. All profits go toward missions work.

    This occurs once a month in their 3 side by side stores... large household items/small household items plus everything else imaginable/clothing. I have yet to see any men rummaging through all the treasures!

    I'd invite all of you to join me if there weren't so many miles between us!

  14. 8 bucks? What a great deal! I never seem tofind the good stuff. I think it is like you said though. I do not go often enough. I know a lot of people who find great bargains. I agree about the smell though. EEWWW!

  15. Oh, I love a good thrift store! I usually look for books, movies and records. Yes, we have a record player that we love. My son loves the old Disney musicals and folk music. Thrift stores are a great place! Glad you guys worked out the whole Christmas pither thing ;)

  16. Oh how I love thrift stores too. We have a pretty sweet one in our little town. I long to wander the streets of the big city an hour away and meander in and out of the thrift stores and consignment shops. Unfortunately my children do not have the same desire :)

  17. Suh=weet finds!! :D Hey, I have an idea for the CHRISTmas mugs! Make up a tea or cocoa in cute baggies to go in with maybe a peppermint stick and some chocolates. Wrap it up and give to friends! :D


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